For Christmas my mom gave each of us Steil-Maloney-Specials a "Strength Finder" book. The idea of the book is that each of us has characteristics intrinsic to us that are our key strong points. Maybe it's empathy, maybe it's discipline, maybe it's focus. The book includes a link to the website and an individual passcode to take the "test". It's a 20-30 minute long questionnaire which asks you questions that you then rank based on your personality. Do I prefer to clean or to relax? (That's the only question I remember because Scott and I literally answered as differently as possible on this one). If you prefer cleaning to relaxing, do you kind of agree or REALLY agree. Those kinds of questions.
After you've taken the test, it provides you with your top five strengths in order. I'll share mine:
People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is
best described by the order they create.
People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work
hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the
performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.
People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They
find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by
imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.
I thought my results were very interesting. I am very organized, I thrive on being busy and productive, I love my relationships with other and I am a "feeler" who can easily imagine being in other people's shoes.
Our family all shared our results with each other, but the rest aren't my results to share so I won't. I will say that it was really interesting to see everyone else's results. My brothers and I had many in common, and I also had at least one in common with both of my parents. It was interesting to see the similarities across our family - particularly because ours is a blended family.
One of the things that I think our culture does wrong is to focus on our weaknesses and trying to improve them, versus building on our strengths. It's an interesting shift in perspective, and it's something that I'm working on doing in all aspects of my life.